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Posted: 11/27/20 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jimh425 wrote:

devildog1971 wrote:

The so called weight police, have a jurisdiction that primarily deals with commercial vehicles, technically a dual wheeled axle can haul 22 thousand pounds and not be overweight the same with the steer axle.


Nope. Weight police on this forum is the imaginary group composed of members here who complain about what others are doing. They have no legal standing, but it doesn’t stop them from letting their opinions be known.

Thanks for playing. [emoticon]


I frequent another RV forum and it has no weight police. [emoticon]

And the experts help others and don't criticize or try too make everyone think that they know everything.


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Well, this thread has gotten weird!

Very cool article about the snocat camper (I've always spelled it "snocat" - maybe that is a brand name?).

I am curious why they would leave the plow on the front? Wouldn't the machine be lighter and more maneuverable without it?

The article does highlight that they built a jack system to be able to pickup the camper to service the snocat when they need to.

And... what about the heating system? The article seems to make a big deal about the "Alde hydronic heating system".... how does that work?


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Posted: 11/27/20 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I am curious why they would leave the plow on the front? Wouldn't the machine be lighter and more maneuverable without it?


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Here's a couple of examples where the plow would be a necessity.

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Tvov wrote:


And... what about the heating system? The article seems to make a big deal about the "Alde hydronic heating system".... how does that work?


Hydronic applies to system who is using liquid for heat transfer.
When they did not explain it- my first guess is that they used Webasto, diesel-powered heater as this is pretty popular item in RV.
Since they deliver supplies by helicopter - bringing propane is probably having lot of safety issues, while CAT is having big diesel tanks, who will supply fuel for camper for whole season without a need for refueling.
I can assume guy paying $40,000 a night wants to get his money worth and keeping camper cozy would consume 2 propane cylinders a day.





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jimh425 wrote:

devildog1971 wrote:

The so called weight police, have a jurisdiction that primarily deals with commercial vehicles, technically a dual wheeled axle can haul 22 thousand pounds and not be overweight the same with the steer axle.


Nope. Weight police on this forum is the imaginary group composed of members here who complain about what others are doing. They have no legal standing, but it doesn’t stop them from letting their opinions be known.

Thanks for playing. [emoticon]


Nope , weight police is a derogatory term used by folks who don't like another persons opinion and dampens any further meaningful discussion of the issues. I have yet to read of anyone declaring themselves as a member of the weight police .


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Posted: 11/28/20 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tvov wrote:

Well, this thread has gotten weird!

Very cool article about the snocat camper (I've always spelled it "snocat" - maybe that is a brand name?).

I am curious why they would leave the plow on the front? Wouldn't the machine be lighter and more maneuverable without it?

The article does highlight that they built a jack system to be able to pickup the camper to service the snocat when they need to.

And... what about the heating system? The article seems to make a big deal about the "Alde hydronic heating system".... how does that work?


I have the same camper. I don't have a snow cat ...

The Alde heating system is made in Sweden since Mr. Alde invented it in 1949 for vehicle heating. In the camper it is a propane/electric atmospheric combi heating boiler / hot water heater. Low amp 12v powers the circulating pump and combustion fan/ignition. Glycol heating fluid is circulated to copper/aluminum convection heat exchangers situated around the perimeter of the camper and in the basement. The unit will heat with propane, 750w ac on 15 amp shore power, 1500w ac on 30 amp, or a blend of propane and ac electric. If you set it on "electric 1" or 750w it starts on ac. If it cannot supply enough heat it will fire the propane burner at the same time. It has auto night set back temperature then warm up in the morning before you get up. The temperature control is very consistent and comfortable vs the roaring fan RV forced air furnace. It is not a pressurized system so the piping elbows and connectors are big floppy rubber material made to take the shake rattle and roll of being installed in a vehicle. You can add a heat exchanger to use transfer heat from the engine coolant to the Alde system. The heating function can be used in "dry camp" mode when the potable water system is drained/winterized. It is very quiet in operation. The combination of convection and radiant heat warms the materials in the interior of the camper so everything is warm to the touch.

It uses maybe 1/3 the fuel an RV air furnace does and 10% of the battery power.

I've camped with water on board in -25C low -10C high but that is about the limit for the water drain valve area of this camper. The interior was sitting at 20C (70F) I have dry camped at -36F/calm wind in Montana. The system maintained 65-70F inside, running almost 100%.

Alde systems costs more than $412.00 wholesale so expect it is of no interest to 98.457% of the RV industry. [emoticon]

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I have the same camper. I don't have a snow cat ...

The Alde heating system is made in Sweden since Mr. Alde invented it in 1949 for vehicle heating. In the camper it is a propane/electric atmospheric combi heating boiler / hot water heater. Low amp 12v powers the circulating pump and combustion fan/ignition. Glycol heating fluid is circulated to copper/aluminum convection heat exchangers situated around the perimeter of the camper and in the basement. The unit will heat with propane, 750w ac on 15 amp shore power, 1500w ac on 30 amp, or a blend of propane and ac electric. If you set it on "electric 1" or 750w it starts on ac. If it cannot supply enough heat it will fire the propane burner at the same time. It has auto night set back temperature then warm up in the morning before you get up. The temperature control is very consistent and comfortable vs the roaring fan RV forced air furnace. It is not a pressurized system so the piping elbows and connectors are big floppy rubber material made to take the shake rattle and roll of being installed in a vehicle. You can add a heat exchanger to use transfer heat from the engine coolant to the Alde system. The heating function can be used in "dry camp" mode when the potable water system is drained/winterized. It is very quiet in operation. The combination of convection and radiant heat warms the materials in the interior of the camper so everything is warm to the touch.

It uses maybe 1/3 the fuel an RV air furnace does and 10% of the battery power.

I've camped with water on board in -25C low -10C high but that is about the limit for the water drain valve area of this camper. The interior was sitting at 20C (70F) I have dry camped at -36F/calm wind in Montana. The system maintained 65-70F inside, running almost 100%.

Alde systems costs more than $412.00 wholesale so expect it is of no interest to 98.457% of the RV industry. [emoticon]


That sounds awesome!!!!!

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Posted: 11/28/20 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alde information here vs my long winded post above:

Alde website

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Posted: 11/28/20 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

specta wrote:



That sounds awesome!!!!!


Ya it is an all round pretty nice camper. It would be pretty much a "true 4 season" camper in Idaho.

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I met some friends in Elko, NV. They were all making good money in the mining industry. In the winter there is not that much to do. They were all back country skiers and big fans of heli-skiing. They went in together and bought a Sno-Cat for backcountry skiing in the Ruby Mountains. Who needs a ski lift?

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